|Sasha Lansky 9march2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Sasha talks about the challenges of growing up in a family with traditional Jewish and particular "Lansky-style" practices-- eating kosher, not watching TV, observing the Sabbath and Jewish holidays-- in an area (Holyoke and Amherst, MA) where there are few peers she could relate to. She describes her continuing quest for a Jewish community, and how she hopes to find one as she goes off to college next year...
Keywords: Sunday; Jewish home; Jewish traditions; Jewish culture; kosher; shabbes; Yiddish; American identity; Political views; Jewish values; Israel; otherness; Wailing Wall; human rights; reading; television; anti-semitism; Jewish appearance; multiculturalism; environmentalism; nature; bike riding; college; B'nai Tsedek Teen Philanthropy Program; Springfield; MA; Hazon; Yiddish Book Center
|Fran Saed 25feb2010 Yiddish Book Center|
Fran Saed, longtime resident of New York’s Jewish community, was interviewed by Aaron Lansky on February 25, 2010, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Fran discusses her childhood and family connections to the Jewish communities of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, and the Far Rockaways (Queens) beginning in the 1930s. She provides an account of her two-year attendance at kheyder (Jewish religious school) and her tzedakah (charity) collections for the Tabor Home for Tuberculosis i...
Keywords: Harlem; calf tongue; calf brains; Jewish food; shul; Bronx; Rockaways; kheder; Yiddish; air conditioning; Far Rockaway; kosher; Intervale Jewish Center; Holocaust survivor; 1948; 1930s; World War Two; plane spotter; Roosevelt; Jewishness in politics; Israel; newspapers; Yiddish curses and sayings; shul; Jewishness then; Jewishness today; florist; Amherst; Yiddish Book Center
|Hans Herda 26March2012 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Emily F.)|
Hans Herda, retired math professor and Yiddish Book Center volunteer, was interviewed by Sara Israel on March 26, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Hans Herda Oral History Interview, interviewed by Sara Israel, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, March 26, 2012...
Keywords: Advice; Favorite Yiddish word; Yiddish words; Family history; stories about ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language; Yiddish learning; Immigration; Migration; Other languages; Literature; Career and Professional Life; Holocaust; Education; World War Two; Religion and ritual; Family traditions; Israel; Western Europe; United States; Yiddish Book Center; Food and culinary traditions; Transmission; Hebrew; Hans Herda; Germany; Berlin; Detroit; Kyoto Japan; Rehovot Israel; 1940s; Conversion; Christmas; Easter; 1950s; 1960s; Comics; Wayne State University; Mathematics; German; IL Peretz; Kashrut; Kosher; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture
|Albert Berkowitz 13october2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Christa)|
Albert Berkowitz was a docent at the Yiddish Book Center for ten years. He began by talking about his family, especially his grandmother (the only of that generation he ever knew) from Rumania. He described how his grandmother came to Staten Island with her children (some by marriage - she had three husbands, all of whom she outlived - and some her own) after selling all of her assets after her third husband died...
Keywords: Advice; Family history and stories re. ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language (feelings of/about; meaning; descriptions of); Immigration; Migration; and place; Music; Press; Radio; Career and Professional Life; World War Two; Education; Religion and ritual; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; United States; Yiddish Book Center; Food and culinary traditions; Transmission (intergenerational; cultural; social... parenting); Roots/heritage; Urban; Assimilation; Washington; D.C; Classical music; philharmonic; New York City; U.S. Maritime service; docent; English tutor; Tibet; literacy; mamaliga; Ploesti; Rumania; grandmother; kosher; shabbes; chorus; Young at Heart